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Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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very good

787 Ratings

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 23
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2001)
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Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%

Served in a Cochonne goblet at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Appearance is a light hazy golden amber, with a rather short head, for a belgian beer. I was watching her pour it, and it was very foamy, but the head died down almost immediately. Aroma is definitely malty, with that belgian sweetness. Smells mildly sour, with plenty of fruity goodness and a bit of caramel. Taste is very nice, although not the best belgian I've had by a long shot. Lots of candi sugar, which has an almost saccharine sweetness in this particular beer, faint metallic quality, light clove, fig, and caramel flavors. Nice and complex. Carbonation is mild, with a slightly sour finish. Body is medium to light. This is one of the most ubiquitous belgians in my area, bottle wise. I was meaning to try it when i was first discovering beer, and i wish i had. I've tried so many other belgian abbey style ales that this one just didn't really impress me. Something about it was just a little off. Good, but with a sort of unrefined quality...or something. I can't explain it, but it certainly wasn't as good as some other tripels.

UnionMade, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

Served in a goblet. Hazy honey color with a thin white head of tiny bubbles resting on top. Head disapeared right away and left no lacing. Aroma is sweet and doughey, with hints of citrus and sweet candy. Flavor is rich and sweet. Sweet fruit, a bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is a little heavy, carbonation is moderate. A bit rich to be very drinkable.

far333, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%

Nice lively pour with a good white head filled with medium to large bubbles. It has that light yellow/orange color with yeast floating in it as is typical of the Abbey Pale Ales I have tried. The head died out and left no lacing before I could even take my first sip. It's aroma mild and fruity. The initial taste was a mild and fruity with a strong carbonation on the tip of my tongue. On subsequent tastes I began to feel the carbonation filling up in my stomach. A nice brew, but the Chimays are better. GF said it was nice and gave it a rating of 3.65, better than the coffee brews LOL!

TheDM, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Well, my 2 local packies carry Corsendonk as well as the nearest beer bar (and let me tell you, good Belgian beer doesn't exactly grow on trees around here), but for some unknown reason I have resisted it until now. Cheaper than your typical top-shelf Belgian and the compromise is apparent in the brew if you search really hard. Some Euro-lager characteristics (off-flavors, too, such as corn, husk a la Heineken and Stella) which are definitely not welcome in a Belgian tripel. However, there are some very nice things going on here as well. Smoother than many tripels, with more emphasis on the pale malts, some shimmering hoppiness, and not too much yeast or peppery spiciness. That is a good thing, an entry-level Belgian tripel if there ever was such a thing. A tart apple quality is lively and refreshing; some white wine-like woody elements will put the oenephiles at ease. Seasoned beer drinkers will find some things to enjoy here but ultimately the beer is one-dimensional and you will probably be left longing for something to really knock your socks off.

Thrasher, May 06, 2003
Photo of kindestcut
4/5  rDev +0.5%

My latest foray into the Belgian beer world...

The Corsendonk poured a cloudy gold, lighter than the Orval but similar to the Chimay Cinq Cents. At first pour, the head rose like a volcanic eruption and I had to wait quite a long time for it to go down so I could continue pouring.

The aroma is dominated by floral and citrus, which explains the taste. More than the Chimay White, the Corsendonk Abbey tastes like liquid tulips. There is a tad of bitterness and citrus which round out the flavor but I find the floral a little too much. The mouthfeel is great, a beer that has just enough carbonation to keep my interest and suggest the next sip will not be soon enough.

This is a good beer. It's not my favorite of the Belgians but even a mediore Belgian beer (and this is far better than mediocre) is still damn good.

kindestcut, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

This beer pours a cloudy blonde that gives way to a thick and boisterous head that is lively and long lived. The bubbles settle out by getting larger and lumpy. The beer itself is highly carbonated. I bounced the cork all the way across the kitchen. The nose is moderate to weak giving off citrus, fruit and spicy hops. The taste is also a citrus/lemony flavor followed by a mild dose of aggressive hops that are very bitter but in moderation, all the while being supported by fruity malt undertones. The flavors are exceptionally well balanced and this is almost a perfect beer. I would prefer some more nose and more hops in the nose as well. Otherwise it is a perfect flavor and texture.

AtrumAnimus, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Jordan
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%

Appearance: Easily aggitated, champagne like carbonation. Slightly hazey within liquid gold.

Smell: Weak aromas of pepper and dextrin malt(?)

Taste: Bitey up front, mildly sweet, mildly bitter in the finish. Very mediocre flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, peppery and bitey in the front moving to slick and creamy in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffed, but not necessarily something that will hook your lips

Jordan, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

This is an excellent Tripel, but as others have said, it does not bring a lot to the table compared to others as far as flavor and complexity. It is a very easy drinker, very light and palatable. I drank this from a large chalice. It was a golden amber in color, with aromas of hops and spice. Flavors of yeast, mild hops, and citrus fruits are present. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and unoffensive in every way. Very little alcohol presence in both smell and taste. I give this one a high drinkability because I could and would drink many in a row, however there are much better examples of the style.

IrishRedRock, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Could be the "middleweight champion" of triples! Looks good, tastes good, smells good, goes down real easy. Just not quite in the same league (IMHO!) as my absolute favorite Belgian Ales. Pours a cloudy, golden color, nice size head, but not huge like some. Smooth, not overly sweet. Nothing off-putting, and certainly world-class. Head to head, would lose to Duvel, Delirium, Unibroue's similar offerings,etc. but would do just fine any time.

JohnnyDuvel, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Cork has the numbers 020506 on it. I'm guessing 2002, June 5th.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow. A bit more to a gold then yellow. Cloudy, not clear. A large white head appeared and stayed and stayed and stayed. It finally left and behind was a lace that wouldn’t stop.

Aroma: Hops, spices, a faint smell of fresh cut grass, a hint of fruit, raisins maybe more toward citrus and yeast.

Taste: The taste was aged. I think of oak. Not to strong but a slight hint is present. Malt and hops are present. Nothing is too over powering. A nice balance of the two. This is a very very nice beer. I could enjoy this, with moderation through the entire evening. This is one I would like to cellar for a few years. A must for all to try!

Stubbie1, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Sampled on tap at RedBones.

This ale poured a nice clear, golden color with modest white foam that settled to give a thin coat on the surface. The smell was very modest: a faint musty grape and oak aroma. The taste was musty grapes, oak, and some malt, with a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, with low to medium carbonation. The drinkability was good. This ale was not bursting with flavors, but it was very pleasan to drink.

UncleJimbo, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours a cloudy light gold in color with a dense white head. In the tulip glass, I get the feeling that the head could last for hours. Carbonation keeps it fed, but it does subside a bit leaving a thick lace.

Aroma is fruity and yeasty, citrus being most prevalent.

Taste is of orange peel, lemon, and yeast. Fairly dry and tart. Finishes with a mild bitterness that lingers along with a peppery note or two.

Well carbonated and creamy, it is a decent tripel, but i found it somewhat bland. There are much better offerings out there....especially at this price.

cretemixer, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
3.78/5  rDev -5%

Poured a light yellow/golden amber with a nice white tight foam that disapated after a few seconds. The smell was of a floral and citrus aroma. The taste was of a citrus nature and a hint of malts and hops, with a sort of sweet champagne finish. Not to sweet, but not to bitter. This is a pleasant beer. The more you drink, the better tasting it gets!

BeerManDan, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of purplehops
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

This ale pours a honey yellow-orange (PMS 130c) with a very white frothy head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aromas are of orange peel and coriander and floral yeast. The taste starts with a bitter bite and flavors of grain. The finish is effervescent sweetness with notes of alcohol and spice. The aftertaste is a lingering sweet graininess with some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full with plenty of effervescence.
Overall there are better Belgian style triples, but I have also had worse ones. The best part of this ale is the yeast which has a wonderful floral and citrus bouquet. I use the yeast in my homebrew a lot.I remember this ale being much better years ago. I have heard that it is now contract brewed which would explain a lot.

purplehops, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of weissbierhead
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sampled a 750 ml bottle. The cork popped out like it was champange, but the beer didn't froth out of the bottle. Poured an amber color with a huge head which lasted quite well. In spite of the way that it poured the carbonation was not excesive. Fruity flavors with a hoppy, almost metallic after taste. A very drinkable beer.

weissbierhead, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +0.5%

The pour is a bit murky amber color with an enormous head, frothy in texture, beige in color, and the lace thick clinging sheets. Nose is hop floral, malt, sweet, and quite a pleasure to sniff with the old hooter. Malt sweet at the front with a middling top and the finish pleasantly hopped with a pertinent acidity, dry long lasting somewhat bitter aftertaste, and most certainly a quaffable beer.

Gusler, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours a yellowish golden color with an orange cast. Slightly hazy. The head is firm and creamy, starting at a good inch or so but eventually dropping to a thin 1/16" covering. Exceptional hold and very nice lace. Streams of tiny rising bubbles add to the appearance.The body is medium/light with a gentle caress on the tongue from the very fine and effervescent carbonation. The aroma offers a soft candyish malt with some light vanilla notes, a mild peppery spiciness, some yeast and a very mild plastic/smoke phenolic. Very soft and inviting! The flavor starts with a sweet and lightly peppery maltiness, reveals more honey-ish and vanilla notes, becomes yeasty with some hoppiness leading to a drying finish with lingering malt and spice. The alcohol is well hidden, but most likely adds to the peppery spiciness. Surprisingly complex and exceptionally drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.53/5  rDev -36.4%

Piss Poor-Pour!!!!!
Another Contract Belgium beer that sucks!
A Du Bocq “Sump” Brew that neither impresses, nor distinguishes.
A hazy golden color beer that promises cloves and coriander, yet delivers a diuretic urinatianary PO box address instead.
A huge disappointment!!!!!!. No more description is required.
A very poor beer - save your money and spend it on something worthwhile, like Tic-Tacs.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 26, 2002
Photo of Mick
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

Yellow straw like color. Nice presentation that offers a clean view. Great head from the pour, although not long lasting. It thins out quickly, but leaves a nice thin lace. Fruity crisp taste. Light bodied. Very effervescent, but leaves an excellent aftertaste.

I enjoy this but not as a regular selection or session beer. It is a bit, slightly, on the acquired taste side.

Mick, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of John
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Hazy straw/gold. Sutble estery aroma. Yeasty undertones are present contributing some breadiness in addition to a reserved fruity, white grape flavor. Quite a nice tripel though a bit less complex than most in the style. A session tripel at 7.5% abv ;-)

John, Oct 10, 2002
Photo of tigerpaws
2.58/5  rDev -35.2%

This brew just didn't impress me. Poured with almost no head and was very light looking almost clear. It had more of a smell than aroma IMO sort of skunky. And it didn't remind me of any pale i had ever tried, but the worst thing about the beer was the awful after taste. The first belgian that I have tried that I won't drink again.........CHEERS

tigerpaws, Oct 08, 2002
Photo of paceyourself
4/5  rDev +0.5%

750ml bottle
A striking golden color, pours a quickly disappearing fizzy head. Spicy aroma is pleasantly inviting. Apple and lemon taste add to the increasingly warm alcohol feel. Enjoyable in small volumes.

paceyourself, Oct 06, 2002
Photo of doerickson
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Pale golden coloring with a pure white head. In the same way that I can somehow identify Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing without knowing for sure it's him, the aroma and taste of this brew are distinctly Belgian to me, which I could point out even in a blind tasting (don't know quite what it is about Belgians that is so readily identifiable....yeast strain? just not sure)...estery, with a warming alcohol presence. Pretty short, dry finish. Very drinkable for a Tripel.

doerickson, Sep 26, 2002
Photo of yen157
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%

Dense, white head with aroma expected of this type of beer. Many fruits are detectable at first, and when drinking the perfect mix of swwet and sour come out when the beer hit the back of your throat. Long, fruity fininsh. Fine example of a lighter tripel.

yen157, Aug 22, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Poured a bright, golden color into the goblet...not quite clear even though there was no yeast in the bottle. Huge(!) frothy, white head - required a long, slow pour. Lots of visible carbonation....head lasted all day, and lacework was lovely. A real thing of beauty! Nose was spicy, yeasty, peppery and hinted of dryness. Has medium body and, considering the visible carbonation, it was surprizingly smooth on the tongue. Had some pale malt-like sweetness initially, then a plethora of spicy, peppery notes. Some mild yeasty flavor comes into play, with some hop sharpness sneaking in at the dry finish. A real pleasant offering!!


overall: 4.25
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Aug 11, 2002
Corsendonk Agnus / Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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